China’s state media condemns raids on Chinese journalists in Australia

A typical view of an Australian flag is seen during a reception outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 9 April 2013 for Julia Gillard, the then Prime Minister of Australia.

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The news agency Xinhua said that the raids on Chinese journalists living in Australia are “horrific” between the two countries and are damaging relations between the two countries.

China’s state-backed tabloid Global Times reported earlier this week that Australian authorities raided the homes of four Chinese journalists living in the country in June.

A spokesman for the news agency Xinhua said, “This gross, unfair and unfair act was completely horrific. It completely exposes the cold-war mentality and political bias of some Australian departments and officials,” a Xinhua spokesman Said, according to the agency.

“They have not only seriously damaged the reputation and image of the Chinese media, but also seriously exchanged people-to-people exchanges between China and Australia,” the spokesman said.

On Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said such actions by Australia “allegedly violate the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese journalists and cause serious harm to the physical and mental health of journalists and their families”.

Australia’s trade minister responded to reports on Friday, saying security agencies acted according to the law.

Relations between the two major trading partners have become increasingly tense and there have been reports of raids with the exit of two Australian journalists from China.

After China’s state security visited and interrogated their residences in Beijing and Shanghai, the pair returned home with the help of consular officers.

Another Australian citizen, Chinese television anchor Cheng Lei, was detained by Chinese authorities in August.